11 Mar Give Yourself the Gift of Sleep
(excerpt from Newsletter 2018-December)
Sleep. An often elusive yet very sought after commodity. For the longest time, I have been aware that sleep is very important to overall health and well-being, but lately I was reminded of just how MUCH.
Recently, I experienced 2 poor nights of sleep in a row – I was awakened by our dogs a number of time during both nights. (In their defense, they are
13 years old & have their own sleep issues!) On the second morning,
my head felt foggy (more than usual) and I was quite irritable (more than usual). My body and brain felt off and it took me a moment to
realize it was most likely due to 2 nights of poor sleep. This all
reaffirmed why I need to optimize my sleeping times,
habits, and even my sleeping environment. Below are links to articles that further dive into all that.
Our bodies need sleep to repair and recharge. When we don’t get enough sleep, we can experience more food cravings and eat more as our bodies attempt to make up for the lack of sleep with food.
Less Sleep + More caffeine + More sugar = CRABBY 🙁
We can not function properly without sleep yet that seems to be one thing we will skimp on in a heartbeat especially due to the stressful holiday season. Just imagine if during the holiday season you were to pay a little more attention to the amount of sleep you are getting AND got more intentional towards getting more and better sleep. Try it and you might find more sleep can help make the holidays more enjoyable, less stressful, and less … well, crabby!
Gotta start somewhere … go to bed half hour early tonight catch some extra zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz’s!